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Renowned the world over, the great British pub is not just a place to drink beer, wine, cider or even something a little bit stronger. It is also a unique social centre, very often the focus of community life in villages, towns and cities throughout the length and breadth of the country.
Yet it appears that the great British pub actually started life as a great Italian wine bar, and dates back almost 2,000 years….what have the Romans ever done for us!
Join James Dowdeswell in a quick journey through what makes British pubs British and unashamedly eclectic and rooted in communities across the UK. From bar snacks, seminal childhood moments and the best pub pets, James Dowdeswell casts his comedic eye over a very much loved and treasured institution.
Tom Kerridge – excerpt from the foreword to The Good Beer Guide 2021
The Great British pub is recognised around the world. It is something that cannot be replicated in any other country. Of course, many places serve beer, wine, spirits and food in different countries, but there is nothing like our pub. In France they have bistros, brasseries and a coffee culture. In Spain they have tapas and pintxos bars. In Italy, you have trattorias and pizzerias and in Greece, you have wonderful tavernas. All of these places have one common goal and that is serving great drinks and simple food with a warm welcome to a community. However, the one thing about the British pub that separates us, is real ale. Our brewing heritage varies from region to region. The passion and the heart and soul that goes into brewing is equal to the top wine makers, distillers, cheese makers, bakers, artisan chocolatiers or any other craft led hospitality producer. It is something we should be very proud of.
The Family Brewers of Britain
Our best-selling title now Available on Kindle !
The Family Brewers of Britain is now available on Kindle. Buy direct from Amazon for only £9.99.
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Real Heritage Pubs of the South East
Complete your collection of the Heritage Pubs series.
Real Heritage Pubs of the South East is the last piece in the puzzle for documenting and recording Heritage Pubs across the UK.
Discover South East England’s most traditional pubs through this unique guide, the latest in CAMRA’s best-selling series. It leads you to over a hundred examples around the region that still have interiors or internal features of real historical importance, ranging from unspoilt country delights and old coaching inns to cosy Victorian locals and little-known pubs from the inter-war and post-war periods. Illustrated with high-quality photography throughout, this book allows you to experience first-hand the pub history of the South East while doing your bit to help protect a vital part of the region’s heritage.
Listen to a CAMRA Podcast about heritage pubs here – PODCASTS
Cellarmanship (7th Edition)
Cellarmanship – for keeping and serving real ale.
The first edition of this title was published thirty years ago with the purpose of ensuring that anyone handling and serving real ale both professionally and for personal interest, was fully aware of the intricacies and skills in handling a live product.
Thirty years on and much has changed in the industry but the skills and understanding of how to keep, serve and sell real ale are now set out in a new and clearer format to enable both the old and the new to learn and refresh their training.
With a handy pullout poster and illustrations throughout this is a training manual that every cellarman should have!
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CAMRA's Good Beer Guide App
Get all of the features of the Good Beer Guide and more on your mobile phone. Full listings of all of the 4,500 Good Beer Guide pubs as well as 35,000 more pubs that serve real ale across the UK. Find out more and download the app for free!